Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani held Friday an online meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Linas Linkevičius.
“We appreciate the principled position of Lithuania in supporting North Macedonia on its European path and we are profoundly grateful that you recognize our effort, with good will and through dialogue to overcome all open issues until the closing of the negotiating framework and holding the first Intergovernmental Conference,” Osmani said.
Interlocutors exchanged views on good-neighbourly relations and situation in the region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.
“We remain committed to fostering good neighbourly relations by implementing the Prespa Agreement and the Friendship Treaty with Bulgaria, because through them we have created new energy and contributed to renewing the intensity of EU enlargement of the countries in the region,” Osmani noted.
Voicing unreserved position of Lithuania to continue supporting our EU integration bid, Linkevičius said that Lithuania remains open to share experiences in all areas in the European Union and in the negotiation process with North Macedonia.
The discussion also considered the opportunities for boosting bilateral cooperation, readiness for new twinning projects, cooperation with the Lithuanian Institute of Public Administration, economic diplomacy, crisis management and other expert assistance.
The meeting is a part of the diplomatic activities of FM Osmani ahead of the upcoming European summits of the EU when the key decisions are expected in terms of finalization of the negotiating framework and the holding of the first Intergovernmental Conference by the end of the year as official start of negotiations.